Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Frost Series Blog Tour and Giveaway and Author Interview

Book Info-
Title- First Frost
Series-The Frost Series Book # 1
By- Liz DeJesus
Publication Date- June 22, 2012
Published By- Musa Publishing


Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.


Book Info-
Title-Glass Frost
Series- The Frost Series Book # 2
By- Liz DeJesus
Publication Date- July 19th, 2013
Published By- Musa Publishing


When joined together, Cinderella's slippers grant the wearer her heart's desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper, when paired with its mate, and in the wrong hands, could ruin the peace of Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magic, even when used for good.

Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart's desire.



About the Author-

Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi'er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 22nd 2012) and Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, COMING SOON).
She is also a member of The Written Remains Writers Guild
Liz is currently working on a new novel.

Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

Since Bianca is based on me when I was 17 years old everything she does in the book is basically what I would’ve done had I been in her shoes.  

What was your inspiration behind this book?

First Frost was initially inspired by a commercial I saw on TV for a local children’s museum. I started thinking about how children often go through phases. One moment they’re into trains, the next it’s all about cars, pirates, etc. And I thought they should have themed museums, like a pirate themed museum or a fairy tale themed museum. I swear to God, it felt as though I had been struck by lightning when that idea came to me. I was like, ‘I have to write this down somewhere!’ LOL After that the book sort of wrote itself.

Why did you become a writer ?

I’m pretty sure if I didn’t write my brain would explode. LOL I became a writer because it’s the best way for me to express myself. It’s how I discover who I am and who I want to be. It’s the only way I know how to communicate with everyone around me. 

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books. Do you agree with that?

Absolutely! I still get giddy inside when one of my favorite authors replies to one of my tweets or comments on my facebook status. So I think it’s incredibly important for authors to connect with their readers. I love it when I get a message or an email from a reader saying how much they enjoyed my book. That just adds more fuel to my fire and makes me want to write some more. 

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

Yes! I’m a huge fan of Terry Moore writer/artist/creator of Strangers in Paradise. Marisa de los Santos, Marissa Meyer, Emma Donoghue, Jim Butcher and Gregory Maguire. 

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

The Frost Series is my first attempt at writing a series, before that everything was either a standalone novel or a collection of short stories. But so far I’m enjoying the process of writing a series it allows me to get to know my characters a little more. It’s been a lot of fun for me!

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

This is going to sound crazy but probably Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He just makes me laugh and it would never ever be boring. 

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

I read anything I can get my hands on as long as it’s interesting. But my favorite genre? Fairy tale retellings (obviously). 

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

All the time. I get emotionally attached to my characters and when they suffer I’m right there with them. But as a writer I have to do it in order for them to grow and learn. 

Did you have a Cover Designer ?

For the Frost Series? No, I’m very lucky that Musa Publishing has an incredible cover designer. They do listen to some of my suggestions and they make sure that the author is 100% happy with the end result. I have nothing but great things to say about Musa Publishing. 

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

Author InLOL Ned from Pushing Daisies. He’s played by the actor Lee Pace. What can I say? I love a man that can make pies (and bring people back from the dead).

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

Terry Moore. I love his ability to weave art and storytelling seamlessly. I actually got a chance to meet him a few years ago during the Baltimore Comic Con. It’s one of the few times I can actually say that kept my cool and didn’t go all ‘fan-girl’ on him. I even got to take a picture with him.  Best day ever! 

Do just re-read your favorite books ?

All the time. 

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

It happens from time to time but after a few days of searching through my books I’ll re-read my favorite books or take it as a sign that I have to sit down and actually write.

What is the funniest book you ever read ?

The Works of John Leguizamo by John Leguizamo. I’m in tears every time I read this book. He’s one of my favorite comedians.terview


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Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Glass Frost’ with us?

1. Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol. Terrance comes back for Bianca and asks her to go back to Everafter with him. LOL All you want to do at that moment is scream ‘Say yes!’ to Bianca. :D

2. A Sorta Fairytale by Tori Amos.

3. Stolen by Dashboard Confessional.

4. I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys. Something bad happens to Bianca (can’t say....spoilers) but she learns a very harsh lesson in karma.

5. Just for Now by Imogen Heap. This is a nice song for the chapters they’re visiting the dwarves.

6. The Catalyst by Linkin Park.  This was the song that actually inspired me to write Glass Frost in the first place. There’s a scene in the book where Bianca falls into a dark pit and has to find a way out.

7. Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift. Listen to the lyrics. It’s definitely a Bianca and Terrance song.

8. Not Like the Movies by Katy Perry. This song is definitely for Rebekah aka The Frog Queen.

9. Wide Awake by Katy Perry. Bianca definitely does a lot of growing up in this book. This song fits her perfectly. :)

Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘First Frost’ with us?

I listened to A LOT of Mumford and Sons while I was writing First Frost. So you can basically put their first album on this list. And if you have no idea who this band is then you have to check them out. They’re AMAZING. Also Imogen Heap, I’m a HUGE fan of hers. I’d listen to her any time of the day. She just has a way to put me in a dream-like state and it makes it easy for me to write.

That having been said I’ll share the top ten songs I listened to while I worked on First Frost:

1. First Train Home by Imogen Heap
2. Little Bird by Imogen Heap
3. Between Sheets by Imogen Heap
4. 2 - 1 by Imogen Heap
5. Aha! by Imogen Heap
6. Canvas by Imogen Heap
7. The Cave by Mumford and Sons
8. Timshel by Mumford and Sons
9. Thistel and Weeds by Mumford and Sons
10. Enchanted by Taylor Swift

I know it’s not a lot of variety but it’s the only way to get me to write sometimes. The music helps me get to a certain mind set. Especially if it’s music that I know my characters would listen to. 


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Jenea Whittington said...

This is a new series to me, and it sounds good. Thanks for sharing the interview.